Dug Out The Breadmaker, Fluffy Farmhouse Bread.


I dug out the breadmaker, dusted it off and did my old trusted farmhouse fluffy white loaf. I first published this recipe back in 2010 but I don’t want to touch that post so I am reblogging here.

This loaf is a lovely fluffy number, the kind that sends its crust crumbs every where and the crust ends get argued over. To cut, I actually turn it sideways and cut that way. It is a basic loaf and won’t last long. The sooner you eat it, the better. I used the French setting on my bread-maker and the highest crust setting.

Dig out the breadmaker and fill your house with the sweet smell of fresh bread.


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Check your Breadmaker instruction book, mine requires wet ingredients first.

1 1/2 c warm water

3 1/2 bread flour (strong flour)

2 tsp yeast (I use Edmonds Surebake Yeast)

3/4 tsp salt

Set to the required settings to get a good crusty.

Iced Buns, Iced Finger or Sticky Willies, call them what you will.

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If you grew up in the UK you will know these ready delights as Iced Buns, Iced Finger or Sticky Willies.

Yes, sticky willies, a friend nearly spat her cocktail everywhere hearing that name, she grew up in a much posher place than me. Sticky Willies is what I knew them as. I remember the dinner ladies rolling out a trolley into the playground full of baking and buying a Sticky Willie for 10p. I always ate the bottom bread layer, leaving just enough bread to support the icing and then ate the last marvellous bit.

I miss Sticky Willies and New Zealand doesn’t seem to have them. There are iced finger buns but they don’t have the right icing or taste. It has taken me a few years and few attempts to get the right recipe to make me smile. I used my bread maker on the dough setting. I am sure you can work out how you could do the recipe by hand.

When they rise in the oven you do want them to touch just in the middle. When you part them they have a lovely exposed bread  bit in the middle.

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The recipe is adapted from Annabel Langbein’s Sticky Bun recipe which I halved and added an egg to.

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1 cup warm milk (microwave it for a minute)

2 tsp dry yeast granules

90g melted but not hot butter

1 egg lightly whisked

3 cups high-grade/bread flour

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

For Breadmaker– add liquid first (Check you bread maker instructions). Set on the dough setting and let it do the work.

Kneading by mixer

Add yeast to warm milk, stir and leave until gets slightly frothy

Add butter and egg to milk mix

Place flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of the mixer (with a kneading hook) and give a quick pulse to mix

Slowly add liquid to flour and knead for 5-8 minutes.

You will see it come together and form a nice ball.

When this is springy and looks like a dough allow to rest in a lightly oiled bowl until doubled in size.


Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface.

Break into roughly 10 pieces, each piece weighing 90g.

Roll each piece into a ball and then a sausage shape.

Make sure each sausage is the same length and width.

Place on a greased baking sheet with a gap of 3 cm between them.

Leave to rise covered with a clean damp tea towel for 20-30 mins.

Heat oven to 200

Bake for 10-15 minutes .

Allow to cool on a wire rack.


2 c icing sugar

1/3 c just boiled water

Slowly add the water to the icing sugar, you may need more water but you do want a thick icing.

In your hand hold a bun vertically and starting at the top spoon a dessert spoon of icing down the centre of the bun.

Place on a wire rack to dry the icing.

Continue until you have iced all of the Willies!

Bread machine chocolate cake

So, this afternoon I decided that I must try the cake function out on the bread machine. I trawled the internet and fused a few recipes together and came up with this one. I had chopped up chocolate to chuck in when the beep went,  the beep doesn’t go on the cake setting. I had to quickly sprinkle the chocolate bits over the top. On the cake setting it took just over an hour. We may not have waited long enough for it to cool as it crumbled rather a lot. It tasted fine and was chocolate cake, like chocolate cake normally is. I found that the bread machine instructions had a few recipes in, I will have to try these too.

Spray the bread tin, put ingredients in as per your machines instructions. Mine is liquids first. Set on ‘cake’ setting and walk away. Leave in tin for around 5 minutes at the end.

1 1/4 cups milk
150 grams softened butter
2 eggs
2 cups self raising flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c sugar  (I used 1 cup caster 1/4 brown)

* note 10/10/14 – must try this again and would love to know how it came out for you! Please leave a comment.

Cornbread for the bread machine, makes very good toasties the next day

1 cup of warm water
1/4 cup oil (canola)
1 egg
3 cups bread flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons of yeast
1 teaspoon salt
Add to your bread makers instruction, I use the French setting on my machine.

3/4 cup of Grated cheese– cheddar or mozzarella
Jalepenos– 2 tablespoons
Chilli flakes
sundried tomatoes 

Bread maker Brioche



3 large eggs

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/3 cup milk (70º to 80ºF)

3 tablespoons water (70º to 80ºF)

3/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups bread flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast


Measure all ingredients into bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer.


Process on sweet or basic/white bread cycle; use light or medium/normal crust color setting.


Remove bread from pan; cool on wire rack.